Heavy Rain and Flooded Basements on the Prairie

By: plapman , 1:16 PM GMT on May 30, 2010

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Today will be cloudy with showers beginning early this morning and ending early this afternoon. There will be clearing late this afternoon. The wind becoming northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) this morning. A high of 18C(64F) is expected.
Tonight will start with a few clouds then bring increasing cloudiness near midnight with a 60% chance of showers. The wind will be northwest at 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light early this evening.An overnight low of 8C(46F) is forecast.

We received 87.8 mm(3.4 inches) of rain yesterday. I was going to clean my eave troughs on Friday but put it off. Big Mistake. The Queen and me spent Saturday evening using a wet vac to keep the basement from flooding. It would have taken much less time to clean the troughs. I wasn't alone in my nmisery though. The neighbor was doing the same thing at his home.
The Red River in Winnipeg was rising and is expexcted to crest on June 6. The city of Winnipeg has issued a warning that some baserments could flood.
IIf given a choice 'd rather have clean rain water than muddy river water in my basement.
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4. unclemush
7:31 AM GMT on May 31, 2010
Good evening. :)
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3. unclemush
1:54 AM GMT on May 31, 2010
Good Morning. :)
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2. shoreacres
1:47 PM GMT on May 30, 2010
Oh, dear. Sorry about the need for that wet-vac. I was such a doofus that before TS Allison flooded the house, I assumed flood waters were the same as other waters - nice and clean, only more of it. Like I said - doofus.

Hope the rains back off and you don't have to do any more of that nasty work - but I agree with Mass. Those wet-vacs are great. (I wonder how they would do with suspended plumes of oil?!)
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1. masshysteria
1:28 PM GMT on May 30, 2010
Mornin' Plapman ~

My hubby and I know exactly what you mean about keeping up with the "troughs" in case of excessive rainfall. We had to use a wet-vac ourselves during the tremendous floods around here the last week of February and later again in March (2010). Great economical inventions those wet-vacs, especially, when one has to replace an old broken sump pump.

May you and your Queen have a very safe, much drier and more pleasant remaining weekend!
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